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For 176 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Ex Machina
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 176
176 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    One of the great director Terence Davies' best films: an example of old school and new school mentalities coming together to create a challenging and unique experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If I were nine years old, I would see the monsters-versus-robots adventure Pacific Rim 50 times. Because I'm in my forties and have two kids and two jobs, I'll have to be content with seeing it a couple more times in theaters and re-watching it on video.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A rare and welcome exception to that norm.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    With Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz prove that they rank with the finest filmmakers alive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A diminutive and misleading title for such an affecting, often profound film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In every way, this quietly majestic film should be considered a triumph.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren seem to be operating from a place of nonjudgmental curiosity, so pure and sustained that it becomes indistinguishable from love. They can't get enough of John Wojtowicz.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all its stunning exteriors, it's really concerned with emotional interiors, and it goes about exploring them with simplicity and directness.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I love how Boyhood admits that, in certain ways, growing up stinks. Every character has a least one moment in which they have to heed the advice of Corinthians and put away childish things. None of them like it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie is angry and horrified and mournful but also warm, sensual, life affirming, and so blisteringly funny that critics and political commentators are sure to blast it as distasteful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    McQuarrie understands that these films are essentially tall tales with a sense of humor, skating on the edge of parody at all times while maintaining a poker face.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Inherent Vice is a film about a stoner which itself seems stoned. This is just one small part of what makes it distinctive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The film seems to be fighting a losing battle to make sense of itself, to coalesce into a statement, to not fade away. This feels right. Knight of Cups is not a young man's movie. It's an old man's movie. A philosophically engaged, beatific, starchild-as-old-man's movie. The end is coming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It is wrenching but never exploitive. It is impressively skeptical of the same mission that it takes on its shoulders: to make something positive from a senseless crime without diminishing its senselessness. This film doesn't just revisit an atrocity, it moves through it, and finds meaning in it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Don't see this movie if you have a weak stomach, or if you don't like movies that mix horror-movie violence and cornball humor. Don't see if it you're expecting production values beyond a couple of vehicles, a farmhouse and about twelve buckets of gore. Don't see this movie if your definition of a great or classic film is one that bowls you over with the importance of its subject or the awesome scope of its vision. Do see if it you want to be be reminded that it's possible to make a relaxed, engrossing, funny, sometimes scary movie on almost no money.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is a classic film, not just because every scene and line is casually beautiful and devoid of extraneous touches, but because its tone is mercilessly exact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A brilliant science fiction movie — more of an "experience" than a traditional story, with plenty to say about gender roles, sexism and the power of lust?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The best parts of it feel truly new, even as they channel previous animated classics (including the works of Hayao Miyazaki) and explore situations and feelings that everyone has experienced to some degree.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    True to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie's major, perhaps only, fault is that its brilliant construction denies it the storytelling clarity and basic insights that conventional nonfiction films provide.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is a powerful movie, but perhaps its greatest triumph is that for a brief time it resurrects Kitty Genovese, and lets us see her as a person.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Cold Lands is less a story than an experience, and that, as such, anything one might say about it could be considered a spoiler.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie has an organic intelligence and a sense that it, too, exists outside of linear time. It seems to be creating itself as you watch it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A very good jazz movie and a very good heroin movie, if indeed there's much practical difference between the two modes—and perhaps there isn't.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere" — which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love — yet it's fascinating, and the performances and photography are outstanding.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Time out of Mind seems to have been undertaken for no other reason than that the filmmakers and actors believed in the truth of the material. How many American movies can you say that about?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The sheer filmmaking craft on display here shames almost any comparably budgeted superhero picture you can name.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    After Earth is ultimately too thin of a story to support all of its grandiose embellishments, but so what? It's better to try to pack every moment with beauty and feeling than to shrug and smirk. The film takes the characters and their feelings seriously, and lets its actors give strong, simple performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Wright is a brilliant director of turbocharged exposition, elegant but bruising action sequences, and graphically bold comedic overkill.

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